Primarily based in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Docosan helps sufferers keep away from lengthy waits by letting them search and guide docs by its app. The corporate introduced right this moment it has raised greater than $1 million in seed funding, which is claims is likely one of the largest seed rounds ever for a Vietnamese healthtech startup. The funding was led by AppWorks, the Taiwan-based early-stage investor and accelerator program, with participation from David Ma and Huat Ventures.
Based in 2020, the app has been utilized by about 50,000 sufferers for bookings and now has greater than 300 particular person healthcare suppliers, starting from small household pediatric clinics to neurosurgeons at massive personal hospitals, co-founder and chief govt officer Beth Ann Lopez advised TechCrunch. Suppliers are vetted earlier than being added to the platform and have on common 18 years of scientific expertise.
Lopez stated advance physician bookings aren’t the norm in Vietnam. As a substitute, individuals who use personal healthcare suppliers need to “select between over 30,000 personal hospitals and clinics unfold throughout the hospital with big variations in value and high quality. Because of this folks use phrase of mouth suggestions from their household and pals to decide on a healthcare supplier. Then they present up at a hospital or clinic and wait in line, typically for hours.”
Docosan’s customers can filter suppliers with standards like location and specialty, and see pricing data and verified buyer critiques. It not too long ago added on-line cost options and insurance coverage integrations. The corporate, which took half in Harvard’s Launch Lab X plans to launch telehealth and pharmacy companies as nicely.
For healthcare suppliers on the app, Docosan gives software program to handle bookings and ease wait instances, a key promoting level through the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of many individuals are reluctant to sit down in crowded ready rooms. Lopez stated one other profit is decreasing the variety of advertising and marketing and adminstrative duties docs need to do, permitting them to spend extra time with sufferers.
The startup plans to develop into different international locations. “Docosan is an answer that works nicely wherever with a big, fragmented personal healthcare system,” stated Lopez. “We might all profit from a world wherein it’s as simple to search out a terrific physician as it’s a guide a Seize taxi.”
In press assertion, AppWorks associate Andy Tsai stated, “We seen Docosan’s potential early on due to its participation within the AppWorks Accelerator. Docosan’s founders demonstrated sturdy expertise and dedication to the healthcare points within the area. We’re proud to be supporting Docosan’s imaginative and prescient of higher healthcare entry for all.”